TWO PASSENGER trains collided in Bratislava on Friday, October 26, leaving 23 people injured, including the driver of one train, who remains in a critical condition. The cost of the damage is estimated at €5 million, the TASR newswire reported.
“Today at 15:24 on the route between Bratislava Vinohrady and Bratislava Main Station, passenger train no. 2018 ran into train no. 4618 from behind.... Subsequently, the locomotive carrying train no. 2018 derailed,” said a spokesperson for the passenger carrier ZSSK, Tomáš Šarluška, as quoted by TASR.
The railways experienced further problems over the following days due to bad weather, especially ice that appeared in the early morning hours of October 28 and 29. Express trains travelling between Spišská Nová Ves and Liptovský Mikuláš were delayed by 50 to 80 minutes, while local passenger trains were delayed by up to 200 minutes. Snow and freezing rain also affected local trains in the High Tatras, the SITA newswire wrote.
Passengers complained that the railways did not provide them with enough information about the incidents, the Sme daily wrote.